White sugar is proven to raise your risk of all chronic diseases, but that doesn't mean you have to give up sweet foods to eat smart. "Alternative sweeteners are more popular than ever, and unlike table sugar, they have added health benefits." And most fall lower on the glycemic index, which means they won't spike your blood sugar like white sugar will.
Derived from antioxidant-rich fruits first cultivated by Buddhist monks nearly 800 years ago, this natural option seems too good to be true: it's zero-calorie, non-glycemic, free of aftertaste, and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Just be sure to avoid products like Splenda's "Nectresse," which is marketed as monk fruit sweetener but contains added sugar and molasses.
Best uses: Use the granular sweetener as a replacement for syrup in cold drinks and cocktails – it dissolves instantly. It's also 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you only need a pinch.
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